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Milwaukee working

Doing justice involves both helping people experience the new birth Jesus offers and teaching them to walk in God’s ways, so they live his abundant life too. A key component is training people who want to work to be productive members of a Kingdom community.

Annysa Johnson writes for Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel:

Leroy Maclin of Milwaukee lists books for sale on Amazon.com at Milwaukee Working, a small business created by Elmbrook Church in Brookfield. CC Kristyna Wentz-Graff / Journal Sentinel NC

In a warehouse on Milwaukee’s north side, men with drills and screwdrivers stand at a long table, picking apart the carcasses of old computers and sorting their components into boxes for recycling.

Across the cavernous room, past a wall of metal shelving, others scan books and CDs, DVDs and video games into computers. They upload their descriptions onto Amazon.com and ship them out to online buyers around the world.

The men are employees of Milwaukee Working, a fledgling faith-based nonprofit aimed at creating jobs in the heart of one of the most impoverished cities in America.

Housed in a former ice-cream factory near W. North Ave. and N. 30th St., its four start-up ventures employ about 15 workers, most of whom have spent time in prison or on the streets and had never held full-time jobs before.

“This is a resurrection story – not just of a building, but of people’s lives,” said the Rev. Mike Murphy, an associate pastor at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield and one of Milwaukee Working’s founders. …

Some of the workers were referred by Milwaukee police officers and parole agents. They usually start through one of the local transitional jobs initiatives – government-funded programs that pay workers’ salaries while they get on-the-job training, said Chief Operating Officer of Milwaukee Working Bob Wulf. If they do well and there’s work available, they come on full-time.

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